There was no reason the Mike Brown case shouldn’t have gone to trial. Too many convoluted stories, too many opposing claims; the mere fact that there are different time lines alone proves that the case should’ve gone to trial.
But don’t tell that the political right-wing; Brown was a hulk with demon horns who assaulted a cop after stealing some cheap cigars. Never mind that they were cheering for a lunatic who stole a million dollars in their money and who wound up pointing guns at federal LEOs after he gathered a merry band of terrorists earlier in the year. Right-wing narratives of reality routinely have the consistency of water.
They cheered after Wilson wasn’t indicted, and after a cop probably got away with murder. Only after Wilson walked, however, did the sordid truth about the grand jury trial of Mike Brown come out, and now, it appears that a member of the grand jury is suing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying that he mischaracterized the proceedings after presenting a “muddled” case.
“Grand Juror Doe” filed the lawsuit Monday morning, claiming that McCulloch’s statements to the press were inaccurate and that the juror wants to address those inaccuracies.
Recall that prior to Thanksgiving, when the non-indictment was announced, McCulloch led off with a bizarre, rambling attack on social media, and the media in general, for “misrepresenting the case.” According to Juror Doe, the only person misrepresenting anything that night was McCulloch himself: ” the current information available about the grand jurors’ views is not entirely accurate — especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges. Moreover, the public characterization of the grand jurors’ view of witnesses and evidence does not accord with [Doe]’s own.”
While the Grand Jury is sworn to secrecy and prohibited from speaking about the case, McCulloch has given multiple interviews since the original announcement, and Juror Doe is upset that McCulloch continues to talk about the deliberation, despite not being present. Additionally, Doe claims that McCulloch did a poor job of presenting the case, and focused more on Brown than he did on Wilson.
The lawsuit, which was filed by the Missouri branch of the ACLU, contends that the Wilson case is a unique and should be exempt from the requirement of the jurors keeping secrecy:
From [Doe]’s perspective, although the release of a large number of records provides an appearance of transparency, with heavy redactions and the absence of context, those records do not fully portray the proceedings before the grand jury.
Missouri law prohibits grand jurors from disclosing evidence or giving the names of witnesses, and those that do could be found guilty of a misdemeanor. The ACLU is asking that the judge toss that requirement and grant an injunction that prohibits the enforcement of that rule for the Wilson case.
I think it’s pretty far; after all, McCulloch turned the case into a clown show the minute he allowed witnesses he knew were lying to testify before the grand jury.